Saturday, March 8, 2014

All Occasion Card Using CTMH Ivy Lane, CTMH Lollydoodle Papers and Cricut Art Philosophy

DT Project for The Squirrel and The Fox - Challenge 65 - Autumn or Spring

Hello fellow crafters and readers.  I know everyone is looking forward to Spring.  It has arrived here in Southern CA; so I hope it makes it to your area soon.  Wed. was a good day for me.  I was actually migraine free for a day; but I had pain in my neck, shoulders and joints.  I know a lot of people who deal with pain every day; and I really feel for them; because I understand how it is hard to get anything done when you don't feel good.  But on to happier things!

I have been reading so much about the Cricut Explore, watching the videos; and asking my husband what he thought of it; when he finally told me to "Just Buy It".  LOL!  So; I did.  I ordered it last night on HSN with several Anna Griffin specials included with it; before he could change his mind.  I am getting excited.  I didn't think I wanted it until I saw videos and heard from friends how awesome it was.  I am hoping it will teach me how to design something first and then put it together.  I normally create as I go; so I do not know if that will change or not.  It might just be my personal style; that can't be changed.  I do know that having a library of all the images I own at my fingertips; should make it easier to find things with the Cricut Explore.  I really don't know what images I have.  

It is time for The Squirrel and The Fox Challenge 65 - Autumn or Spring.  Our sponsors this week are Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I used Sweet 'n Sassy "Flowers from Cocoa Digital Stamp" to create my card this week.  Isn't this the cutest image?  I love it!

I am entering this card into the Path Of Positivity Challenge - Thoughtfulness.  Our lives are busier than ever and I think we all need to be reminded to take time to stop and smell the flowers. The sentiment inside is all about wishing someone a wonderful life of flowers and songbirds serenading them. I love flowers and I love listening to the birds sing. What a wonderful gift to have those two things in your life. And of course, the little mouse is just so cute with his bouquet of flowers. LOL! I loved the post that Pat wrote "Ponderings Along The Way" on March 7th and the fabulous article from the father to his daughter. So very touching.  Be sure to drop in and check out this challenge; which lasts until April 6th.

Inside of Card

Just Inspirational Challenge - Photo for inspiration

Supplies I used to create this card:

Die Cuts:
Scalloped Circles outside and Flower border inside - Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Frame around image - Spellbinders A2 Basics B
Pink die frames - Spellbinders Diamond Effects
Green flowers front - Memory Box - Fairytale Flower Border

Image -  Sweet 'n Sassy "Flowers from Cocoa Digital Stamp"
Paper - CTMH Ivy Lane and CTMH Lollydoodle
Cardstock - CTMH Cotton Candy and Sweet Leaf
Inks - CTMH Cotton Candy, Sweet Leaf, Champagne

Flowers - CTMH Cotton Candy, Cotton Candy Light
Darker Flowers - Copic BV13
Leaves - CTMH Sweet Leaf 
Paper, ribbon around flowers - Copic RV10
Mouse - Copics E30, inside ears/nose - RV00

Sentiment outside - CTMH Beautiful Day (W330) retired
Sentiment inside and birds - CTMH Hello Tweety (B1420) retired
Bling - Recollections

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Pile It On - Sweet/Soft or Bold/Bright (No limit)
Artistic Inspirations - Sparkles/Anything Goes (1 of 3)
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes (No limit)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes (No limit)
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
Lacy Sunshine - Use Spring Colors (1 of 3)
Great Impressions - Spring Celebrations (1 of 3)
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
That Craft Place - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
The Corrosive Challenges - Animals (1 of 3)
Bitten By The Bug - Favorite Cricut Cartridge (CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy) (No limit)
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes (No limit noted)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes/Use Dies or Punches (1 of 3)
Crafty Boots - Green (No limit)
Created With Love - Think Spring (1 of 3)
Digi Makeover Challenge - Anything Goes (No limit)
Digi Sketch Challenge - Sketch or Cute (1 of 4)
Eureka Stamps - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
Heart 2 Heart - Use 3 of Something (3 large green bling - right upper corner)
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes (No limit)
Path of Positivity - Thoughtfulness
Stamp and Create - Ready for Spring (1 of 1)
The Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes (1 of 2)
Whoopsi Daisy - Lots of Flowers (No limit)
Bearly Mine Challenges - One For The Girls (1 of 2)
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Go Green (1 of 2)
Just Inspirational Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
Just Inspirations Challenge - Flowers (See photo) (1 of 3)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes (1 of 5)
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes (No Limit)
Oldie But Goodie Challenge - Spring Has Sprung (cardstock, bling, die frame) (1 of 3)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (1 of 5)
Sweet Stamps - Spring Flowers (1 of 1)
Crafting By Designs Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes (No limit)
Crafting For All Seasons - Spring into Spring (1 of 3)
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - Lots of Layers (No limit)
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes (1 of 2)

CTMH New Videos

Chance to Win Free CTMH Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program (March 1 - March 31, 2014)  See video - Mix and Match contest for your chance to win.

Studio J Savings - March 2014 Only
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The Whole Kit and Caboodle

Artbooking Made Easy: Happy Springtime

March Stamp Of The Month

CTMH Artwork Using This Adorable Stamp SOTM

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Thank you for dropping by my blog today.  I love reading your loving comments; and appreciate each of you.  If you leave your blog link; I will do my best to follow you as well. I love sharing our adventure together in Blogland.  You can text, email or call if you have questions or requests.  Have a fantastic week!  Hope to see you again real soon!

 Remember - Keep On Creating!!
It's Good For Your Health!! 


  1. Such a pretty card!! Love the image, colors and the flower border. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Favorite Cricut Cartridge' challenge at BBTB2!!!! :)

  2. I was typing along and lost my comments. Forgive me if this ends up as a duplicate. Really cute card. Love the colors, coloring, die cuts and border. Thanks for entering the digi makeover challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps.

  3. Terrific card! I love the colors and the flower vine along the side. Very pretty!

  4. Really cute card, I love the image and the colours you have used. Thank you for playing along with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Beautiful card inside and out. Isn't it wonderful when our husbands give us the thumbs up to buy more product and support our hobbies. So thoughtful of him. Thanks for sharing your card and your story over at Path of Positivity. Monica, DT

  6. This is so cute and so pretty both inside and out. Love the pop of green from the leafy die cut. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  7. Such a cute image. I love how you have showcased it. Great layout. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  8. Gloria, this is the cutest card, the main image goes really well with all the pretty papers you have used.
    I had to make mention of the cat headphones in your sidebar, so cool.
    Thanks so much for sharing this card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, hope you will continue to play along :)

  9. Fabulous card and love the layers. The inside of the card is just as wonderful as the outside! TFS

  10. Hey Gloria,
    Your blog is just amazing! So much to read and marvel at, here pass the time;)
    thank you for visiting my blog
    Yours new member,

  11. Gorgeous card Gloria, I looooove those colors, very beautiful!
    Thanks for joining theTTCRD challenges. Hugs,Sandra

  12. Hi Gloria,Fabulous card both inside and out! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge blog! Hugs!

  13. Gorgeous little mouse . Just love his ears!! Great card Gloria. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  14. Adorable Gloria!!! I just love Cocoa - he's so cute!!! I'm in my Eureka DT hat today....thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week for our "Anything Goes" challenge.

  15. Gorgeous card, that image is so cute. Thank you for sharing at My Craft Creations.

  16. This is so very cute and pretty !!!! Thank you so much for joining us at BBTB2 and at Pile it On Challenges !!

    Mayra DTM

  17. What a beautifully designed card! I love the pinks and greens! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  18. Awww what a cute card! I love that image, so cute and colored up so beautifully. Your card design is just awesome. I love how beautiful the inside is as well as the outside. Love those sentiments too! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2;-)

  19. Oh my goodness, I love this card. The use of the Lollydoodle with the overlay almost made me think it was a different paper - great job. Thanks for joining us at H2H

  20. Love all the pink and green. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 81: anything goes , Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

  21. Great card! I love the design and the image is so cute. Very nice how you finished the inside of the card too! Thanks for joining Challenges 4 Everybody.


  22. After todays sunny day here in Slovenia, this card is perfect for the coming spring: brihgt and shinny. Thanks for sharing it with us at Artistic Inspirations. Hugs, Maja DT

  23. This is such a cute image. The mouse is so cute and I love the coloring that you did! The card is so springy and cheery. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  24. The Art Philosophy cart seems to be a favorite! Love the coloring-looks beautiful!!! Such a fun happy card! Thanks for playing along at BBTB2! (Have fun with your new Explore-your hubby sounds awesome!)

  25. A lovely image Gloria. I just adore the image. Fabulous colouring and layout. All the best Meighan

  26. Absolutely darling! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx

  27. Very pretty, I love your use of Ivy Lane! Thanks for playing along at H2H challenges!

  28. Love your card, and am envious that your hubby supports your passion. I am behind the times, just having bought a Cricut Expressions!! Thanks for playing in the Path of Positivity challenge this month!

  29. Great card lovely colouring. thanks for sharing with us at That Craft Place. xx Stacey S xx

  30. Wonderful design both inside and outside, beautiful coloring, love the pink lattice layer. Thank you for joining us in this weeks blog challenge at

  31. Thanks for playing at CFAS this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  32. Stunning design, Gloria. Great colouring and I love that 'vine' die. The inside of the card looks as amazing as the front! xx

  33. You have created such a beautiful creation, perfect for our color challenge at Pile It On. Thank you for joining us and please come back for our new 'easter' challenge.
    Anna xxx

  34. Such a fabulous card. Both the front green flowers and pink lattice background looks gorgeous.

  35. Very pretty card! I love the lattice on this and your card colors are beautiful. I love pink and green and they are fabulous right now when everyone is wishing for spring! Beautifully done. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter challenge this week! Hugs, Gail

  36. I love mixing paper packets! Thanks for linking up to H2H's Triple Play Challenge!

  37. Here I am again, admiring your darling card again. Thanks for playing the Created With Love Challenge.

  38. This is just so adorable and pretty with the green and pink. This is so perfect for our THOUGHTFULNESS theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    {Path of Positivity DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  39. Gorgeous card, Gloria. Love the die cut vine. Thank you so much for playing along with us in our "Spring Colors" challenge at Lacy Sunshine. We're so happy you joined us! Please visit us, again! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member for Lacy Sunshine.

  40. Gorgeous creation - love your fab colouring!

    Thanks for sharing at Paper Nest Dolls challenge - hope to see you again soon..

    Christine (DT)

  41. How cute! I love Cocoa and he looks very happy with those flowers. Congratulations on your Cricut Explore! Thanks for joining us for the Great Impressions challenge!

  42. Awww...such a sweet card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Oldie but a Goodie!
    Helen x

  43. Beautiful card inside and out. Perfect for our theme this month on thoughtfulness. Monica, DT Path of Positivity.

  44. Très jolie !
    Merci pour ta participation au just inspirational challenge

  45. awe so very cute!!Thanks for joining us at Bearlymine this time

  46. Beautiful, just beautiful! Love the colors and the image is just freaking adorable <3 Thank you for joining us at JIC this month, good luck :)

    Lisbeth @ Lisbeths hobbyer
    DT Through The Purple Haze
    DT Just Inspirational
    DT The Outlawz, Sketch

  47. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Stamp and Create monthly Challenge. Join us again soon.

  48. What a sweet card Gloria. That mouse is just adorable. I also really like the grid in behind him and the vines going up the side. Very cool. I completely agree with you. We have such busy lives that we often forget to sit back and savour the little things that really are big things. Thank you for reminding me, especially right now with everything I'm dealing with.

    I'm so happy you were able to join us again this month on the Path of Positivity. I hope you will continue to consider playing with us in future challenges. Good luck in the draw!


  49. Hi, Gloria! Hope you have fun with your new toy - So glad you had a good pain-free day. Migraines are awful, especially when they come around regularly. Your card is so delightful - pretty colors, and a good reminder to take time from our busy lives to smell the flowers. hugs, de {Creative Smiles}


Hi to all you wonderful bloggers!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate your comments and support. I would love to have you as a member. Thanks so much. Hope you enjoy my blog. Gloria